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Review: Colt 1911 Rail Gun

Updated on October 4, 2012

An Elegant Weapon, For a More Civilized Age: Colt “Rail Gun” Review

If Obi Wan decided to dump his lightsaber for a combustion powered firearm it would be a 1911. Though you can find an endless battle here on the interweb between 1911 supporters and detractors (I’m looking in your direction 4chan) you simply cannot in my humble opinion argue with history. The 1911 is as popular now as it was when John Browning designed it.1 In fact if you are watching random action movie number 12 that big nickel plated gun pointed in someones face right before their head explodes? Probably a 1911. See image below for gaudy example.

1. For anyone who doesn’t know who John Browning is he is to turn of the century firearms what Slayer is to speed metal. If you’re playing trivia and you get a, "who designed this gun question" just say “John Browning!” There's a good chance you will be right.

Getting around to the review. I’ll give a short story on how I ended up purchasing my new Colt “Rail Gun” 1911. Then I’ll talk about my experiences shooting and cleaning the gun with a few tech specs along the way. Some pluses and one glaring minus that we will get to later.

I left my house knowing I was going to purchase a 1911 but hadn’t yet settled on a brand. Kimber was probably my top choice but as found out after checking out 3 local stores. It can be tough to find a store who carry’s Kimber. At the 3rd store after looking at several brands. I mostly narrowed it down to 2 choices. A standard black Sig Sauer 1911, and the subject of our story today a beautiful two tone Colt. It should be noted that the salesman was really pushing me on this gorgeous Ed Brown custom. But was triple the price of the already not cheap aforementioned guns.. That's a gun you buy then just listen to Pantera and clean it while thinking sexy thoughts. Not one you buy to actually play with.

The Sig was about $100 cheaper than the Colt. I was waffling like the chick in twilight who can’t decide between the dude who sparkles and the one who barks and doesn’t own a shirt. Then the salesman hits me with, “I see you’re wearing an Iron Maiden shirt.” Its true, I was. I like to look my best when I’m out on the town and all. I ask what’s his point. He says, “Well I had forgotten about this, but the last 3 digits on this gun’s serial number is 666.” So long story short I was the new owner of the gun. If I didn’t I would have looked like one of those asshole kids decked out in Misfits gear but think Metallica wrote “Die Die My Darling.”

Pros and Cons

After taking it home I couldn’t be more happy with the purchase. Even if the crafty gun store clerk did goad me into it to make a little extra commission. I will admit if its your first 1911 as it was mine the cleaning is a little overwhelming at first. Compared to cleaning my Sig 229 you need a fucking mechanical engineering degree to clean a 1911. But Youtube to the rescue. Now I can clean it thoroughly in about 10 minutes. So I don’t really count that as a negative. As far as the most common rally cry of 1911 haters, “Single stack mag dude. That's all I’ve got to say.” My response is honestly how often are any of us going to get into a situation where we really need more than 8 rounds of .45 ACP. How about hit what you aim at douche.

For starters the gun is just a pretty hunk of steel. The grips compliment the two tone color well. It does a good job of keeping all the correct and legendary lines that have made it the movie villain gun of choice for 100 years. This is while adding the picatinny tactical rail underneath the barrel for which the gun is named. I don’t have much to say about the rail thus far as I haven’t purchased an accessory for it. I’m just the type of person who is a sucker for technology so it gets put in the PRO column. Consequently Taylormade could make thousands off me if they just added an arbitrary laser into a driver.

I’ve put around 1000 rounds through it thus far. Several different brands and loads with no variation in performance. Which is definitely a plus. The biggest plus for the gun here though is that it makes me look like I’m a damn good shot. Which I assure you I am not when it comes to handguns. The Rail Gun comes with Colt’s National Match Barrel. I can’t tell you how much of a difference it makes over their standard barrel. But the firearm shoots beautifully and the barrels name sounds awesome so I think it's a strong addition.

I have one severe complaint. Colt magazines suck harder than the third matrix movie. It came with two 8 round mags. Which performed semi adequate. I also bought two 7 round colt mags which were sweaty balls. One of the 8 rounders broke on the first day when I tried to look super cool ejecting a mag onto the ground and quick loading a spare mag. When the ejected mag hit the concrete the spring popped out of it rendering it useless. I can't have my magazines breaking after one stupid movie stunt I try. All of the colt mags had issues with feeding. When the magazine is shoved home the top round flies out of the magazine. The flying round then lodges into the ejection port halting the slide front releasing into place. This was a special problem for 7 round mags, but not limited to them. Easy fix was I bought Chip McCormick Shooting Stars. The gun hasn’t had a single hiccup since. Can be noted here that I also bought two Wilson Combat mags. While very good magazines they just don’t like colts. They load too high thus jamming more than 50% of the time. I read this before purchase, but like to light money on fire so I bought them anyway.

One other small issue that's been common to colt for years is some people complain that the edges are machined too sharp. So they scratch themselves when cleaning the weapon. I say that's silly. Its not like we are dealing with a samurai sword. And if you can’t handle an inanimate object without cutting yourself perhaps you shouldn’t own a firearm.

Final Verdict is to buy one. Put a laser on the rail, because lasers are metal as shit. And dump the stock mags. Then be happy putting holes in paper, defenseless animals, or whatever else you have to desire to. Maybe your wife has had it coming for years. If its good enough for Captain America its good enough for me.

You can view another firearm review I wrote here about my Marlin 917V varmint rifle!


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